Paris. 1765. 3pp. Quarto, on a folded folio sheet. Some soiling and minor foxing. Light creases. Contemporary inscription. About very good. Item #WRCAM40686
A French royal decree concerning the payment of bills of exchange for the French colonies of Louisiana, Saint- Domingue, Isle-Royale (today Cape Breton Island in Nova Scota) and Martinique. Wroth cites two copies, in the Archives Nationales and the John Carter Brown Library; OCLC locates no further copies. Rare. From the library of Cardinal Etienne Charles de Lomenie de Brienne (1727-1794), Minister of Louis XVI, Archibishop of Toulouse and of Sens. A friend of Voltaire and a member of the Académie Française, Brienne wielded significant power as as head of the Finance Ministry, which earned him many enemies. He died in prison during the French Revolution, despite having renounced Catholicism in 1793 (presumably as an attempt to save his life). MAGGS, FRENCH COLONISATION OF AMERICA 527 (this copy). WROTH, ACTS OF FRENCH ROYAL ADMINISTRATION 1683.